Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Why is the Number Important?

My husband asked me an interesting question last night. Why is the number on the scale, and specifically getting under 200 pounds, so important to me?

I think we human beings like nice, round numbers. I happen to have been born in a country where we use pounds to measure the weight of things. If I was in Australia, it might have been very exciting to me when I got under 100 kilos. If I was in England, I might have been thrilled to get under 15 stone. But I don't, and here in America, I have always been told that "normal sized women" have weights that start with a "1".

I haven't seen a weight that started with a "1" in about 17 years.

Arbitrary? Probably. But I still think I'll be excited when I get down to 175, and 150 too.

My first major goal was to hit 232 pounds because that's what I weighed when I met my husband. I was on Jenny Craig at the time. My next goal after I reach "one hundred something" is to be 181 pounds, because that will put me at 100 pounds down...another nice, round number.

Of course, I have goals that don't involve the scale at all. I had a goal to be able to shop at regular stores instead of the "fat lady stores" and I accomplished that. I had a goal to be able to ride roller coasters. Done. I had a goal to be able to comfortably run around a city with my sister. Not a problem now. In fact, I wrote a whole list of reasons why I wanted to lose weight, and I have accomplished so many of them.

But I still want to see that "1" on the scale.

I weighed 201.4 this morning. Maybe I'll see that "1" tomorrow or the next day or the day after that. I want it sooner than later. It may be arbitrary but it sure will look pretty.

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

Yeah it sucks to be a slave to the numbers, but I am in total agreement with you. Seeing the "1" wa a big one...You're right around the corner and you'll be there soon!

Amanda Kiska said...

You'll be there in no time!

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

So close, it will be here soon, what an accomplishment!!

bandedchick said...

i think we should all throw out our scales...but you'll be there soon enough!

Pie said...

We've always gotta be chasing something! It's what keeps us moving and motivated. I'll be keeping an eye peeled for your big 100 post!!

Cat's Chic Chat said...

I'm so thrilled for you for nearing the 1's. I know what you mean and also feel that the 199 will be a milestone for me. I also look forward to the 100 lbs lost too!

DiZneDiVa said...

Hell Yeah, you'll get there... this week probably. Awesome!

Lap Band Gal said...

you'll be in onederland in no time! :)

BookNooker said...

Yes Steph! That is awesome, and I know you will get there! I love your goals - they are realistic and you will definitely kill it!

smoothheart8 said...

You will be there before you know it! Rock on! I too wish we didn't have to play that numbers game. It should so be about: how you feel, if your clothes fit better, how you can move about, what your "numbers" are in terms of cholesterol, sugar, blood pressure, etc. verses the dreaded scale. As a "new" bander, I am trying not to go on everyday but I do want to see my progress at the same time so I am also torn.

Amanda said...

I so so so know what you mean!! Why do I want it so bad and when I get there will I feel satisfied? You are so very close. Me too. 205.6 just this morning! We're doing it!

tagyourit said...

You really are so close. It will happen and we are all slaves to numbers.

Beth Ann said...

I have so many goals and benchmarks that I can barely keep track of them! It motivates me so much when I meet a goal, so I try to keep them really close together. :) Getting under 200 was a HUGE deal and I think it is to everyone for the exact reason you gave. You are almost there!!